Kathmandu : Less than a week after he won the panchayat election in the Indian frontier town of Jogbani in Bihar, Ram Shakal Yadav has hit the headlines in Nepal for a different reason.
He became a citizen of Nepal last spring, according to the Nepali media.
Around March-April, when the Nepal government was issuing citizenship to hundreds in the Terai plains in the south, Yadav presented false documents to the government officials visiting Sahebgunj village in Sunsari district to acquire Nepali citizenship, reports Friday said.
Yadav was said to have submitted false documents to support his claim that he was born in the village in 1976 and was therefore a Nepali citizen, the reports said.
Three locals supported his claim before the officials, they said.
However, soon after receiving Nepali citizenship, he contested the panchayat election from Ward 10 of Jogbani as an Indian and won.
Media reported that officials in Sunsari had received complaints about 11 people acquiring Nepali citizenship on fake documents. Most of them are believed to be Indians.
In the recent past, Congress MP from Tezpur in Assam Mani Kumar Subba created a storm after reports said he was a Nepali citizen.